GDot is a method and a system for creating dot paintings of relational information.
Visual artworks that consist of large arrays of dots are found in several artistic traditions and styles, from Buddhist Mandalas, to medieval stippled prints and engravings, to the Pointillist paintings of Neo-Impressionism. However, arguably the most significant and well-known dot painting style comes from the Anangu-Pitjantjatjara-Yankunytjatjara (APY) region in Central Australia.
Graph Drawing is a research direction in Computer Science that aims to make pictures of networks. It has been used in a variety of Data Science applications; for example, to help biologists understand protein interaction networks, to help sociologists understand interactions between people, and to help software engineers understand large code bases. See G. Di Battista, P. Eades, R. Tamassia, and I. G. Tollis. Graph Drawing: Algorithms for the Visualization of Graphs (Prentice-Hall, 1999).
GDot is inspired by APY artworks; it combines Graph Drawing algorithms with painterly rendering methods to produce artistic representations of networks.
Important Note: that the works produced by GDot are artworks, but they are not Aboriginal artworks. For guidelines in the use of terms such as “Aboriginal Art”, see “Protocols for producing Indigenous Australian visual arts 2006”, published by the Australia Council for the Arts.